Is the age of 40 too old for a woman to have a first baby? According to the newest yearly report from the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology, women today in the United States have gotten more medical intervention to aid in conceiving their babies than ever and that women in their forties are attempting to use IVF more than ever in the past.
The current society represents the largest majority of in vitro fertilization clinics in America and their information showed that physicians at these particular clinics performed over 165,170 procedures, including IVF, with over 61,730 babies born because of the IVF success rates in 2012. These numbers show that there were around 2,100 more babies conceived by using procedures from the IVF health centers than what happened in 2011. That means 2012 was also the year with the highest percentage of babies born from IVF than ever priorly reported, according to the society.
This rising trend tend is actually just the opposite of American birth rates in general. Since 2007, the birth rate in the United States has decreased at a steady pace. In 2012, almost four million babies were born, reported the Centers for Disease Control. That number is under what demographers call the “replacement level”, the amount of people needed so the generation can be replaced. Of those births, IVF medical procedures made up almost two percent of the babies that were born in America that year.
This increasing trend does not automatically mean that U.S. citizens are having more trouble in conceiving a baby. It most likely points to the fact that couples have decided to wait until they are older until they have children. American females are having babies later in life than they used to. In 1980, the average age of a new mother was around the age of 22. Now, that average is more close to the age of 26, stated the CDC. Even though women today are fairly healthier than they use to be, fertility still decreases as people get older. A woman’s body produces less viable eggs as she ages, and men’s sperm does not move as well.
Women should not wait real long before seeking treatment. The IVF success rate was suggestively higher for women who were under the age of 35 when compared with women of older ages. When examining the IVF treatments that used new embryos from non-donor eggs, the total amount of women who were under age of 35 and who ended up having babies was around 40 percent. This was in comparison to only about 30% of women between the ages of 36 and 39. Lastly, only a small amount of barely over 3.5 percent of women aged 42 achieved a pregnancy as a result of IVF treatments.
IVF management has started to become much more medically prosperous over the last few years and has gained much acceptance. However, it remains exorbitant for a lot of couples who just do not have the money for such procedures. The majority of assisted reproductive medical expertise is not covered by any type of insurance, or the reimbursements may be capped, stated the National Infertility Association. These couples are basically left out in the cold if they want a child, unless they decide on adoption. The average charge of just one IVF procedure in America is nearly $12,500, and that does not include any extra medicines the couple might need. Most often, couples also usually need more than just one treatment to end up conceiving a baby.
The number of several embryos being transferred during IVF procedures has also went down. Physicians prefer that women have only one baby. That is because even with all the advances in medicine, multiple births are still considered to be precarious for both the mother and the children. According to the newest yearly report from the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology, women today in the United States have gotten more medical intervention to aid in conceiving their babies than ever.
By Kimberly Ruble